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Digital Tax Webinar [Partners’ Event]

July 3 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

Dear Members and Friends of SwissCham,

We are very proud to support SwissCham Singapore webinar on Digital Tax.

Mr. Sam Sim, Consultant to the United Nations on Digital Taxes Pillar One and Co-Founder of WTS Taxise Asia LLC, will share with our members aspects on Digital Tax including the latest OECD proposals and a brief survey of digital taxes in the region China, India, Malaysia, Indonesia, and Philippines to bring out the APAC perspective based on his work for the United Nations.

The session will be followed by a joint segment where Mr. Prof. Danon and Mr. Sam Sim will compare “Switzerland and Singapore – A Tale of Two Small Countries in this Turbulent (Digital Tax) World” where they will each speak about the impact in Switzerland and Singapore respectively, and more generally the rise of unilateral digital taxes and the impact on Swiss businesses.

The webinar will take place on Friday, 3rd July from 4:00 pm to 5:30 pm via Zoom, and will be moderated by Mr. Jean-Marie Lagier, VP Tax at Mercuria, and Honorary Treasurer at SwissCham Singapore.

We look forward to welcoming you!

Best regards,

Your SwissCham Team




Sam Sim

Consultant to the United Nations on Digital Taxes Pillar One, Senior Advisor to Vienna University Global Tax Policy Centre, and Co-Founder of WTS Taxise Asia LLC.

Sam was previously Regional VP, Europe, Asia and Latin-America for the Tax Executive Institute (TEI), President of Asia for TEI and Chair of the Capital Markets Tax Committee TP sub-committee. He is a senior advisor to Vienna University, Institute for Austrian and International Tax Law, Global Tax Policy centre, a member of the ADIT committee of the UK Chartered Institute of Taxation and a member of the Practice Council for New York University School of Law. He is a consultant to the United Nations and the Asia Development Bank and a member of the Income Tax Board of Review hearing income tax appeals cases.

He has extensive experience in cross-border taxation, digital tax, transfer pricing, tax controversies including dealing with tribunals, APAs and Intellectual Property issues across a range of industries and sectors including technology, banking & finance, manufacturing and distribution.

Frequently invited as a speaker at international conferences, Sam previously led APAC, EMEA regional and global teams at a Forbes 50 US MNE and a FTSE 100 financial institution. He is an adjunct professor at SUSS’ Master of Tax program and has lectured at Leiden ITC, Shanghai FuDan University, Vienna University, University Indonesia, SMU, Malaysia and Singapore Tax Academies and the IBFD.

An attorney dual qualified in New York and Singapore, he is also a CPA and an accredited tax advisor.


Prof. Dr. Robert J. Danon

Professor of Law, Director Tax Policy Center, University of Lausanne; Partner, Danon, Lausanne

Robert Danon is a Professor of Law at the University of Lausanne (Switzerland) where he heads its Tax Policy Center. He is also a founding partner of Danon, an independent firm with a predominant focus on international tax disputes.

Professor Danon currently serves as the Chairman of the Permanent Scientific Committee (PSC) of the International Fiscal Association.

At the national level, Professor Danon’s expertise covers all areas of Swiss tax law.   From an international standpoint, he is an expert in tax treaty and investment law, comparative taxation, transfer pricing as well as public international law.  His most recent expert opinions  have inter alia dealt with, among other things, treaty abuse, permanent establishment exposure, transfer pricing issues and, more fundamentally, the implementation of the BEPS initiative or the interpretation of tax treaties.

Professor Danon is regularly called to give evidence as a testifying expert or to act as a consultant in the framework of mutual agreement and arbitration proceedings, including those involving non-tax agreements such as Bilateral Investment Treaties (BITs) or the Energy Charter Treaty (ECT).

He also advises governments and taxpayers on reforms and corporate tax governance issues associated thereto.  For instance, in 2015, he was requested by Switzerland’s finance minister to analyze its entire post-BEPS corporate tax reform. He has also personally prepared various submissions on tax treaty law to the OECD, for example on (i) beneficial ownership (2011), (ii) hybrid entities (2014), (iii) attribution of profits to permanent establishments (2017) and (iv) the challenges raised by digitalisation (2017-2019)




Jean-Marie Lagier, VP Tax at Mercuria

Honorary Treasurer at SwissCham Singapore

Jean-Marie Lagier is a tax expert working for the Swiss multinational trading company Mercuria Energy Group. When based in Geneva, he had multiple occasions to travel to Singapore and work with local partners and government representatives over the years, until fully relocating in December 2016 as Mercuria’s VP Tax.



3:45 pm Webinar waiting room opens

4:00 – 4:10 pm Introductory remarks by Mr. Jean-Marie Lagier, VP at Tax Mercuria, and Honorary Treasurer at SwissCham Singapore

4:10 – 5:00 pm Presentation Mr. Sam Sim, Consultant to the United Nations on Digital Taxes Pillar One and Co-Founder of WTS Taxise Asia LLC, followed by Prof. Dr. Robert J. Danon, Professor of Law, Director Tax Policy Center, University of Lausanne; Partner, Danon, Lausanne.

5:00 – 5:30 pm Q&A session

5:30 pm  End of Programme




SwissChamHK Members: FREE 
Non-Members: HKD 60


More information & Registration

Please register and send us your questions to until Thursday July 2. Once registered, you will receive a confirmation email and a link to the webinar (Zoom meeting) in the coming days. Please be informed that screenshots and videos might be taken during the event. With the registration to the event, you consent to the same.


Cancellation of RSVP
In case you need to cancel your attendance to the event, please write an email to at least 24 hours prior to the event. Failure to cancel your RSVP timely will require the payment of a “no show bill” of the full amount stated in this invitation.  You can reach us as well by phone: +852 25240590.



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